New services are in the pipeline for the Whangaparāoa Community Recycling Centre and thanks to a recent survey, the centre knows exactly what is in most demand.
A total of 170 people responded to the survey, which asked residents what services they would like to see introduced when the centre expands.
Top of the list was a desire for clothing bins, followed by recycling facilities for soft plastic, green waste and household hazardous materials such as light bulbs, paint and chemicals.
The centre is run by Hibiscus Coast Zero Waste (Sustainable North Trust) and is expected to expand onto its neighbouring site, currently vacant.
However, the adjacent site is a former landfill.
Trustee Betsy Kettle says the expansion plans therefore depend on Auckland Council completing a number of checks and assessments to make sure no methane is leaking and that the clay cap on the site is thick enough.
This may take some time, but could be completed in the next year, Betsy says.
Council also needs to look into what recycling activities can be consented to take place at the Community Recycling Centre – it has been there for 35 years and Betsy says when it was established the former Rodney District Council may not have ticked all the appropriate boxes.
The location, on Whangaparāoa Road, is zoned Mixed Business, so Betsy says heavy industrial activities will not be possible there – for example a transfer station.
“A Council planner is looking at what recycling activities may be possible there, and working with us,” she says.